Weekend Primer

Your guide to the weekend -- SIOC style

Oozefest 2008, University of Central Florida, 8 a.m.

Some volleyball purists believe the game should be played only on the beach or in a gym, They're wrong. Case in point: Oozefest, UCF's annual mud volleyball tournament. Played in 6-10 inches of mud, the 16 team competition is 9 straight hours of wet, slimy, goodness.

Jeopardy College Championship, University of Wisconsin

Althoughthe show won't air for a few weeks, Wisconsin students can get a peek of the taping and see 15 college brainiacs vie for the $100,000 grand prize. Those planning to attend should know the show's producers are not amused by people yelling out Sean Connery-SNL Celebrity Jeopardy jokes.

"Bulls Worth Waiting for Sale," University of Nebraska, 1 p.m.

Although some might say all students learn how to "sell bull" in college, Nebraska's Animal Science Merchandising class literally learns how to do just that. The class has already put out a catalog and advertisements, and on Saturday it will attempt to sell 20 yearling Angus bulls.

Little 500, Indiana University, 2 p.m.

It's the 58th edition of the world's most famous collegiate bicycle race. Will this be the year the race is finally rocked by a blood doping scandal? Grab your special edition Breaking Away DVD and head to Bloomington to find out.

NCAA Women's Bowling Championship, Omaha, Neb.

Host Nebraska enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed after winning Thursday's qualifying rounds. Standing in their way are seven other schools, including defending champion Vanderbilt and last year's runner up, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Eli Manning and Patrick Willis Day, Oxford, Miss.

This isn't just Ole Miss declaring a day to honor two former stars -- the Oxford Board of Alderman officially approved the plan to name April 12th after Manning and Willis. Of course one can't help but point out that if Peyton Manning had won February's Super Bowl, he wouldn't have had a day all to himself.

"Bang On a Can All Stars" Marathon, University of North Carolina, 8 p.m.

One of the world's most unique electric chamber ensemblesbrings its music to Chapel Hill. The "marathon" performance could last more than 12 hours and audience members are encouraged to come and go as they please. Joining the "All-Stars" on stage are Wilco's Glenn Kotche, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, and Burmese drumming sensation Kyaw Kyaw Naing.

J.R. Tolkien Conference, University of Vermont

Whether you're there for the fellow Tolkien lovers or the lovely Arwen-like ladies, this conference is sure to be a memorable three days. The keynote address will be given by Majorie J. Burns, author of Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien's Middle-Earth. Scintillating.

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